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Sultan Battery

Sultan Battery was built by the great Tipu Sultan in 1784 and is located in Boloor which is six kilometers from Mangalore city. Sultan Battery was built as a watch tower to prevent foreign boats from entering the Gurupur River. The word Sultan Battery means firing of the guns and even though it is a watch tower that looks like a fort which is surrounded by canyons. The gun powder for the canyon was stored in the underground basement. Sultan Battery is a great example of various forts built under Tipu Sultan in his fight against the British from growing supreme in India.

Historical Fort in Mangalore
Sultan Battery always finds a place in the list of must see locations in Mangalore

History of Sultan Battery

Mangalore came under the rule of Mysore ruler Haider Ali in 1763. Being a strategic spot Haider Ali converted the area into a dockyard. Thus began a tug of war between the Mysore rulers and the British to capture this strategic area. The British re- captured it in 1768 and Tipu Sultan again reinstated its reign in 1794. Tipu soon realized that the British had easy access to this area because of the Gurupur River. Thus a watch tower which came to be known as the Sultan Battery was built in the Boloor area. When a tourist climbs to the top of the tower a spectacular view of the Arabian Sea waits for him and he is mesmerized by the surrounding beauty for a few minutes.

Sultan Battery
Lovely sunset witnessed at Sultan Battery

Fun Filled Water Sport Activities in Sultan Battery

The scenic beauty surrounding the Sultan Battery has made it a hot spot for water sports. This area becomes a busy tourist spot in the months between October to March every year where vacationers visiting Mangalore enjoy its cool breeze and great water sports like banana boat rides, wind surfing, speed boats and Canoeing. These activities can be undertaken individually and in a group for a specific period of time. For example solo canoeing can be undertaken by a tourist for nearly thirty minutes while speed boating and kayaking can be undertaken in a group for a maximum period of fifteen minutes. These time periods are imposed so that each tourist visiting Sultan Battery can enjoy its water sports and also try different types of water sports. There is a big rush during peak tourist season and young vacationers visit this spot when traveling to Mangalore for vacation.

Things to do in Sultan Battery
Tourist indulge in water sports at Sultan Battery

How do you travel to Sultan Battery

Travel Via Air
The main Mangalore airport is situated 20 km from the main city. Sultan Battery is 13 km from the Bajpe airport and it would take around thirty minutes to reach the beautiful watch tower.

Traveling by Train
When travelling from Murudeshwar to Sultan Battery it would take you around three and a half hour. While from Hassan to Sultan battery the train journey would take a little over six hours.  Tourist can only travel from Mangalore Railway Station to Sultan Battery in twenty minutes and covering around 8 km.

Travel By Road
Auto rickshaws are main mode of local transportation in Mangalore. Thus you can hire them and travel to Sultan Battery. The journey would take you around 20 minutes.

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